About Pregnancy Counselling Link

Pregnancy Counselling Link (PCL) is a community agency, staffed by tertiary qualified, professional counsellors, which supports women on issues affecting them, in the areas of pregnancy, parenting, relationships, navigating life changes, fertility issues and loss and grief. Support is also available for partners and other family members.

Our counsellors provide non-directive counselling, helpful information and emotional support to those who are experiencing difficult or unforeseen circumstances.

PCL also provides community education, via workshops, forums and presentations to community groups, schools, universities and health and welfare professionals.


Background

PCL’s services have evolved and grown to meet the needs of women in our changing society. Our journey has spanned 40 years and began when a group of concerned people in the community identified the lack of support available for women with an unplanned or difficult pregnancy.

This group established the organization, known today as Pregnancy Counselling and Education Services Inc. (PCESI), which sponsor the services provided by PCL.

Pregnancy Counselling & Education Services Inc. (PCESI) began their journey in 1973 when a group of concerned people in the community identified the lack of support available for women with an unplanned or
difficult pregnancy. This group established the organisation, known today as PCESI, which sponsors Pregnancy Counselling Link (PCL). The services PCL offers have evolved and grown to meet the needs of women in our ever changing society.

Your donation will help us ensure PCESI has the financial resources to continue to support those involved in the delivery of the services of PCL - “Women Talk, We Listen...” in their ongoing commitment, clearly expressed in our Vision Statement.

“To enhance the lives of women and their families, by providing counselling and education to everyone affected by Pregnancy and Reproductive Related Matters.”

Click here to download the Donation Form (PDF)

Click here to download the PCESI Membership Form (PDF)

Click here to download the Responding to Complaints (PDF) document

Click here to download the Client Privacy Code (PDF)


Government and community support/connection

PCESI receives funding from the Queensland Government’s Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services under the Women’s Health Services and Targeted Family Support Program and is also supported by donations from community members.


Meet our team

Carly
BA (Psychology), M.Couns,
QCA, PACFA Registered
Business Manager/Senior Counsellor

Carly joined the PCL team in January 2017. She has been working in the industry for over 15 years in both NSW and QLD. Her experience has been in both government and non-government agencies managing a team of allied health professionals in both areas.

Carly is also an experienced Counsellor who supports women and families in the field of women’s health, parenting, family violence, disability and grief and loss. She has a strong commitment to person centred, strength based counselling that supports clients to realise that they are the expert in their own lives.

Maria
B.A (Hons), B.Ed., M.Couns., FDRP.
Professional Counsellor

Maria has worked as a counsellor at PCL since September 2013. She has many years of experience working with women who have a variety of concerns – the most common for her being relationship difficulties, parenting, major life decision-making, family violence, and grief and loss. Maria’s counselling framework is guided by strengths based humanist-existentialist approaches in the main, as well as by family system’s and attachment theories.

Maria is a committed counsellor with a long-standing interest in how we learn and develop across the life-span, and to find ways of working through some of the difficulties that can arise for us in cases where the unexpected happens. She is also deeply interested in the contribution that childhood circumstances and broader social factors make to our development, in terms of the way we feel, think and cope with the challenges of living.

Larissa
BSocWk (First Class Honours)
Social Worker

Larissa works from an Attachment, Strength based and Solution-focussed framework. She draws on a range of creative mediums including sand tray, strength cards, symbols, artwork, music and journaling to address issues that can cause stress.

When supporting pregnant and parenting clients, Larissa works to strengthen their trust in themselves and explore how their present actions support their own long term goals.

She also draws from the Acceptance and Commitment Therapy model of practice and the idea of being present to the moment. By accepting and sitting back from our thoughts and feelings, we can engage meaningfully with others, ourselves and our values.  So whilst we cannot often control what happens to us, we can change the way we handle situations.

Libby
(Cert IV Business Administration)
Admin Manager

Libby has been working as Administration Manager for Pregnancy Counselling Link for four years so far. Libby has worked in varying Executive Assistant roles over the past 34 years leading to taking on the role of Administration Manager at PCL. She has attained a Certificate IV in Business Administration whilst working at PCL as Libby believes it is important to maintain professional development skills.

Libby enjoys working with the professional team of Counsellors and Networking/Marketing personnel in the PCL office. She also works closely with the Secretary of the Board of PC&ES inc. so that there is always a good flow of communication between the Board and the PCL team.

During the last four years Libby has witnessed a few changes such as the change of name of the Organisation, website development, IT development changes, marketing and networking strategies. This is all due to the new Government funding agreements and the expectations that have flowed on from that. Such a time of transition helps to make this an interesting, busy and challenging role.

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